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July 12, 2013 | By Paul Goff
We discovered the Ruin about 12 years ago when it was a small, abandoned stone house. We were hiking in Pioneertown's Pipes Canyon, and there it was, all by itself in a cove-like setting of boulders and desert plants and barely the remains of a road to get to it. We hiked back about a year after and the roof had been knocked in, or it had caved in after years of weather and neglect. A few months later, on another visit, we saw the western wall where the front door and window once stood were gone.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Robert Faturechi
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department apologized to anyone who might have been offended by a comedian's racist and off-color stand-up routine at a luncheon and said it will be "reviewed. " About 600 to 700 people, many in uniforms, attended the Sheriff's Day Luncheon, where comedian Edwin San Juan delivered a 30-minute performance that was filled with sexually explicit and racist humor, people in attendance said. "He managed to insult every ethnic group," said one attendee, who requested that his name not be used.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The California golden poppies aren't popping right now at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster. Southern Californians wait each year to see whether the state flower will turn the reserve and surrounding areas into fields of blinding orange. "Debbie Downer warning ... we probably won't really have a peak at all this year. Many of the plants that have managed to squeeze out a small poppy have desiccated mid-bloom," says a post on the reserve's Facebook page.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Can a person's Facebook profile reveal what kind of employee he or she might be? The answer is yes, and with unnerving accuracy, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. And if you are smugly thinking to yourself, "I've carefully wiped my Facebook page of any incriminating photos, comments and wall posts," - well, it turns out you may still not have hidden your true nature from future employers: On a rating scale that examines key personality attributes that indicate future job success, you might get rated high in conscientiousness and possibly low on extroversion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2011 | By Kim Christensen and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A prominent Beverly Hills psychiatrist who has helped decide hundreds of child-custody disputes was thrown off one recent case and has been challenged in at least two others after posting lewd photos of himself on Facebook and allegedly promoting illegal drug use, unprotected sex and male prostitution. Dr. Joseph Kenan, president of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, is also being investigated by the Medical Board of California on at least four complaints by parents who hired him to do custody evaluations, according to records and correspondence reviewed by The Times.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
The family of 23-year-old Micayla Medek went through an almost unimaginable emotional torture Friday. They knew she'd been wounded in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting shortly after midnight Thursday; her friends who'd accompanied her to “The Dark Knight Rises” told them as much. But it took nearly 20 hours after the gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 others to get the awful news. Late Friday, they learned that Cayla, as they called her, was one of 10 people who died in the movie theater.
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Jamie Jamison remembers her early introduction to woad. She was on a road trip with her parents, stopping at a Stuckey's shop and seeing a tiny souvenir Navajo rug that illustrated where the natural dyes came from. She has her own now -- blues, greens and yellows, all grown from her yard. Yellow is easy. Even onion skins will make a usable yellow. Blue, however, is another story. For that she is growing woad, Isatis tinctoria , a member of the mustard family. Woad originated in southern Europe and western Asia.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Jason Aldean has apologized for inappropriate behavior with "American Idol" contestant Brittany Kerr - who's not his wife but is an NBA cheerleader - after photos of the country star smooching Kerr at a Sunset Strip bar earlier in the week went online Sunday. "The truth is that I screwed up," Aldean wrote on his Facebook page after the incriminating photos went live . "I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar. I left alone, caught the bus to our next show and that's the end of the story.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Netflix has a genuine fan boy in Myron Robinson, the first person we know of to make that fervor a permanent addition to his body. Robinson, a college student and aspiring fashion designer from Indiana, says he admired the company and its founder Reed Hastings so much, he tattooed "Netflix" on his stomach. (For all you skeptics out there, he swears it's "definitely real. ") Robinson couldn't keep the tattoo under wraps (or under his shirt) for long. He tweeted his tattoo to Netflix,  which gave him a shout out and a subscription . Even Hastings took notice on his Facebook page.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Jason Wells
A San Francisco woman who says she was attacked at a bar on Haight Street after refusing to stop wearing Google Glass has released video footage of the incident that she filmed with the new technology that spurred the confrontation in the first place. In a video  posted to YouTube, tech writer Sarah Solcum provided a narrative for the footage, which she says captures the weekend attack. "This is the video that I got on Google Glass at Molotov bar on Haight Street after being verbally accosted and flicked off by the Asian looking girl, I turned on the video, and after I told them I was doing so they got pissed and came after me," Slocum wrote.
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